Finally! ....Part 2 of Shilling Grange Children's Home Series and a Paris Historical War Drama
A Place To Call Home ( Book 2)
By: Lizzie Page
In August, I read The Orphanage ( book 1) and was impressed with how Lizzie Page spins a tale. I appreciate how her books occur during noted historical periods and how she develops her female characters. I enjoy seeing them grow and gain newfound confidence in their abilities to tackle the various challenges they are up against. Her latest book is the sequel to The Orphanage, and it is a very engaging, warm and satisfying read. I was honestly so excited to find out what happened to all those characters that I had come to know and love. We continue to follow the ups and downs of the lives of the children living in the Orphanage and their house mother, Clara. This book will have you crying, laughing and cheering for these characters who will tug at your heartstrings.
I have discovered lately ( Covid related) that I am struggling with reading and finding books that hold my attention, but I have not found this with Lizzie Pages books. These books are well written, well priced and worthy of your time. If you haven't read any of her books yet, I highly recommend you do.
4.5 stars out of 5
Publishing Date- February 17, 2022
The Dressmakers Secret
By: Lorna Cook
This story takes place in Paris and travels back and forth between two time periods. In the beginning, we follow a young woman, Chloe, who is determined to find out what had happened to her grandmother during WW II, when she was working with Coco Chanel. We also follow the grandmother's storyline as she recounts her life working for the great Coco Chael.
The format for this story is not something new. Interestingly, it highlighted Coco Chanel's betrayal of the French people during the war and her cooperation with the Nazis. But her grandmother, Adele, wasn't really a dressmaker; she was more of an administrative assistant/ house servant. The development of the female characters did not really engage me, and I found the book dragged for the first half.
3 stars out of 5
Publishing Date- January 27, 2022